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Change can only come if we, as a province, work together to advocate for long-term change and the solutions that will eliminate both hunger and poverty.
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“We can afford it if we choose to afford it," says the study's author.
Our grandparents believed a person wasn't their job. They didn't live to work. They wanted a work day that ended on time and a job they didn't take home with them. Now we thumb our noses at the people we depend upon every day, as if they somehow are beneath us because of the jobs we need them to do. We talk about how these are jobs for teenagers, despite the fact that -- much like older people did these jobs 50 years ago -- the average age of a fast food worker is 29. We now act as if not having the highest ambition is somehow deserving of poverty.
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The cost of implementing a basic income program through government transfers would be significant -- but the indirect costs of poverty, for example, in increased use of health care, remedial education, crime, social programs and lost productivity, are immense.
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British Columbia could soon be the second Canadian province to try out a basic income.
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Canadians have been very clear. We believe the growing inequality in our country is unacceptable. Three out of four people feel the issue is getting worse and believe the government should be doing more to address it. So where's the government action?
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Kathleen Wynne may be unpopular, but her basic income trial has supporters nationwide.
The Ontario government just announced a pilot project to test a basic income for low-income earners in Hamilton, Brantford, Lindsay and Thunder Bay. Will the program be successful? I have no idea. The answer will, in large part, depend on what will be measured.
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"A basic income, no matter what."
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Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a basic income is not something the federal government is looking at.
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Liberals want to "encourage people to be engaged in the workforce," he said.
OPSEU says there is "no way" it will support a new social assistance program if it doesn't involve social assistance staff.
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He says 70 per cent of people living in poverty have jobs.
But Elon Musk is looking further into the future than that.